May 1942: Private Buckaroo

This is from that collection of cheap b movies and features the Andrews Sisters.

This also has the fabulous Mary Wickes. She can liven up a movie just by being in the general vicinity of it, and when she’s on the screen, she’s just everything. And Shemp Howard is a perfect foil for her.

This is barely a movie, though. It’s a series of songs with some screwball stuff happening in between the numbers.

Which is fine by me; the is very easy on the brain. The music’s nice and the screwball stuff is amusing throughout. And occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.

Everybody joins the army halfway through the film! This is very patriotic but structurally odd. It also means less Mary Wickes, which is never a good thing.

“I’ve sipped from many a cup, but never a mug like this.”

“That’s beautiful.”

Private Buckaroo. Edward F. Cline. 1942.

Popular movies in May 1942 according to IMDB:

114377.8Yankee Doodle Dandy
30797.5In This Our Life
8807.2Prelude to War
26017.0Tarzan’s New York Adventure
3527.0Take a Letter, Darling
7306.9This Above All
17496.8The Spoilers
4356.7Let’s Get Tough!
5376.6Grand Central Murder
5896.5The Falcon Takes Over

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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